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Crossandra infundibuliformis, Crossandra undulifolia Orange, Tropic Flame

Crossandra infundibuliformis, Crossandra undulifolia Orange

Tropic Flame
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India and Malaya
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

True Crossandra is a fast-growing tropical shrub. It can be used as a low-growing groundcover, about 2 feet tall, or as a small shrub, 2-5 ft tall. It grows best in full sun to semi-shade and needs regular water. It will thrive in USDA Zone 9-11. Crossandra infundibuliformis produces flowers that are red, crimson, and vinous, or yellow and orange, depending on the variety. Its blooming period is from spring to late fall. This plant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. In colder regions, Crossandra infundibuliformis can be grown in a pot or container. It should be brought indoors during the coldest months of winter. Potting soil should be kept slightly moist and fertilize it once every month with a balanced liquid fertilizer. If grown in a pot, the plant should be transplanted into a larger one when it starts to outgrow its current pot.

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